Have Time, Will Grocery Shop

Posted on September 16, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Isn’t this exciting? I’m excited. Be excited! Haha, somethings just go straight to my head.

Yesterday morning I blogged it up and headed out the door. There just isn’t enough time in the a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. I got to class a wee bit late after scrubbing oatmeal off the sides of my bowl(pleasant, right?). The good thing is, though, that it’s another translation class which ends after we’re done translating our homework, so i got out for the day at 11:30. Score. My first instinct was to get my lunch early and have it sit in my room until I’m ready to eat it. Go with your instinct, kids. I didn’t and by the time I went the lines were so long; but rightly so because it wasn’t half bad.

Stuffed Acorn Squash, Tuna, Stewed Tomatoes, Corn

Stuffed Acorn Squash, Tuna, Stewed Tomatoes, Corn

Today’s vegetarian option was stuffed acorn squash. I was thinking they’d be hard but they were actually really soft and sweet like canned pumpkin–delicious AND seasonal. Also from the dining hall was the stewed tomatoes. I’m pretty sure cooking them for that long completely goes against what I’ve been reading in Thrive, but they taste too good to give a damn how much lycopene’s in them. The corn and tuna were from my room; I thought my meal could use a little protein. MarathonMaiden asked a few posts ago how much I use my meal plan in eating. I try to get as much out of it as possible and eat vegetables and protein sources out of the dining hall. I also like to grab fruits on the way out for snacks and breakfast. So basically, I try to squeeze as much out of the system as I can.

Dessert came late around 2 o’clock:

Double Chocolate Dream Vitatop

Double Chocolate Dream Vitatop

This was the last of the chocolate flavors I had to try, so you know it wasn’t going to last very long with me. The first thing I noticed was it had a good amount of white chocolate chips, which was appealing. I microwaved it and it came out nice and melty; the chocolate base was the same as the other vitatops, which I like because it reminds me more of an airy cake than a dense brownie. Unless we’re talking chocolate brownie Z-bar, I’ll take the cake any day. The white chocolate chips had a marshmallow-like taste. It wasn’t quite white chocolate, but it was very vanilla, which I thought contrasted perfectly with the chocolate. I think if it were real white chocolate chips the calories would be a lot higher. Still, I enjoyed it whatever it was and would gladly get these again because my name is Evan and I’m a vanillaholic.

Afterward I went to the correct mailbox where–surprise!–I had mail πŸ™‚

Mail From Stonyfield

Mail From Stonyfield

Kristina from Stonyfield came across my blog and noticed my love of Greek yogurt. Either she’s really perceptive or I’m way too readable. I’m guessing both are true. She offered to send coupons for Oikos yogurt, a product of Stonyfield, which I couldn’t say no to. Oikos is certified organic. All natural is the most important thing to me when picking out a product, but organic isn’t too far behind that. Plus, when you get a milk product, it’s good to go with an organic company like Stonyfield so you know you aren’t getting milk from hormonal cows(you know what I mean). I was kind of already thinking of going to this place, but this totally pushed me over the edge.

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Isn’t it teeny tiny? It could use some growth hormones. JK. I like it just the way it is. Unfortunately, it’s so small it lacks some of the “essentials”, by which I mean cinnamon raisin english muffins and mocha almond fudge ice cream. But I was still able to get some goodies and hop over to Eastside Market. They had a game where you spin the wheel and get a free prize, which I was super excited for. I won a bag of Haribo gummy bears 😦 No thanks to the artificial colors and flavors. I could have asked to swap prizes but I didn’t want to make a fuss and just politely declined. When I got back, I was mighty satisfied with my loot.

Grocery Shopping Loot

Grocery Shopping Loot

I got all that for 9.89 with coupons and sales. Not too shabby. I honestly think things are just more expensive here, though, which has me looking forward to times when I can shop on my own streets again. I needed to have a cup of redemption to refuel from the walking and shopping:

Redemption

Redemption

Why is this redemption and not coffee frozen yogurt with midnight moo sauce? I’ll tell you. Honestly, it really bugged me last night when I went out and got that sinless cake batter ice cream. I didn’t need it and it wasn’t even what I wanted; this was. But I went with it and all its sucralose and artificial flavorings anyway. I don’t have to eat all naturally; it’s something I want to do and set in front of myself. So when I do something like that, it’s letting myself down in a way because I know I’m stronger than that and should be able to stick to my guns. That being said, no one should dwell on the past, and this frozen yogurt was a sort of toast to looking forward towards progress.

I worked a bit and met my friend Adam for an early dinner. he had ping pong practice at 7 for the club. Should I bother telling him he’s insane or let that one go? Haha.

Cauliflower, Asparagus, Sweet Potato, Salad, Vegan Chickpea Marsala

Cauliflower, Asparagus, Sweet Potato, Salad, Vegan Chickpea Marsala

Again, the Ratty was surprisingly good. Ignore the over chopped veggies and turn to the Chickpea oh-my-this-is-good-but-what-the-hell-is marsala. I don’t think I’ve ever had that before but I actually went back for seconds. Any culinary folk out there wanna tell me what I ate? Also, loved the sweet potato and got a second one of those. With all those seconds in me I went for a quick walk up and down Thayer street, flipped through the new Rachael Ray magazine without intending to buy it(tsk tsk), and jamming to this over the CVS radio speaker. Even if you don’t watch the show, you got to admit that’s the damn sweetest music video EVER. C’mon… admit it.

Last night there was a plethora(vocab word alert) of good television on.

Elan Vanilla Frozen Yogurt And The Biggest Loser

Elan Vanilla Frozen Yogurt And The Biggest Loser

That wasn’t a cup of redemption, that was just frozen yogurt; you need to squint to see the difference. I ended up watching the first half of the Biggest Loser. I love that show. Does anybody else it find it so inspiring?(not to mention appetite increasing?) Half way through that I switched over to Big Brother. Spoiler alert–I was a little disappointed when Kevin got the boot since he actually played well looking back on it all, but I suppose Jordan was a good winner. I don’t get her and Jeff, though. Or why America loves Jeff. I feel like the whole season just started, so it’s a little weird that it’s over. I hope they don’t wait a whole ‘nother year for next season, and that they have more twists.

It occurred to me to do a bit of taste comparison:

Cookie Dough Peanut Butter And Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Spread

Cookie Dough Peanut Butter And Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Spread

I decided to put together in a cage match P.B.Loco’s Cookie Dough Peanut Butter with my patented(not really) peanut butter cookie dough spread. The spread is 1 tablespoon White Chocolate Wonderful to 1 table spoon reduced fat cream cheese. Obviously, there was no loser in this cage match. I liked how the P.B.Loco one introduced the flavor of chocolate. But I also liked the smooth and savory tone to the peanut butter cookie spread, and the fact that there was 2 tablespoons of that versus 1 of the cookie dough peanut butter. Overall, I came to the conclusion that this was a random and pointless taste test I was doing to avoid the Iliad, and that I prefer the peanut butter cookie spread.

This morning I planned on doing something lighter to perk up the legs after yesterday. I ended up going a full 6.5 and doing arms and ab work when I got back. I’m really not good at “going lighter”, am I? I ran by Whole Foods and picked up the new Weekly Buys on my way back. I think the lady was confused when I ran in, grabbed something, and ran out the same door, haha. Hopefully they don’t think I stole anything. When I got back I was ready for Fall In A Bowl again:

Carrot Juice, Plain Yogurt With Pumpkin Butter, Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Almonds And Mighty Maple

Carrot Juice, Plain Yogurt With Pumpkin Butter, Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Almonds And Mighty Maple

Pumpkin Oats With Mighty Maple And Butter Toffee Almonds

Pumpkin Oats With Mighty Maple And Butter Toffee Almonds

Ahh, this is oats at its finest. For my no-fail concoction, I cook 20g oatmeal with 20g oatbran and 160g water. When it comes out I add 90g canned pumpkin and sea salt and microwave it for a further 2 minutes. Then I add 1 tablespoon mighty maple and 7g sliced almonds. The result is so sweet and salty it makes you smile πŸ™‚

Today Stonyfield is 28 cents each at Eastside Market, but I have absolutely no use for yogurt at the moment. This is a dilemma. Then again, I might be so busy with 3 classes catching up on online TV I won’t miss missing the sales. We’ll see. Thanks for finding me at the new domain!

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congrats on the new site!

ummm sooo much good stuff here – loving the cage match, the biggest loser, the chickpea marsala (drool), the ice cream, the whole foods loot. pretty much the everything!

man, those pumpkin oats are killing me. for my bday, i am going to wake up SUPER early before work, just to make some for myself. then, on the weekend .. moohaha apple hill bakeries here i come!

hope your day is goin well

Hey… I know you’re trying to stay away from artificial stuff, but don’t feel bad about one slip-up! Coldstone= awesome!

yay for the new site. and i’m the same way with the dining hall: i will take anything that is not nailed down haha.

p.s. i use plethora in everyday speak — and ppl look at me funny when i do πŸ™‚

I am just so jealous of your eats!! totally droolicious…..chickpea/ chana masala is a popular dish in Indian cuisine.

I have never thought of making my oats sweet and salty – and why not – i make every other meal that way!

Congrats on the new move, the blog looks great!

I’m very impressed by your dining hall’s selection of vegetarian items. In our dining hall practically everything is deep fried:( I agree with you on the fro-yo, I would MUCH prefer to have Stonyfield than sinless cake batter, I’ve never been a huge Coldstone fan.

hey ev! sorry for being completely mia on your blog lately!!! the way you describe that vitatop makes me want to make one right this second!! I just got a shipment of samples from them…ill have to give it a go…did you try chocolate fig yet? or the chocolate pb?

The chocolate fig and chocolate peanut butter were only OK to me. I really like their deep chocolate and brownies, especially when you microwave them for a bit too long and they’re soft and gooey πŸ™‚ And I completely forgot about the banana nut and how good that sounded when I was unpacking them, haha, I need to dig through my freezer to find it

nice! please let me know how you like banana nut once you give it a go! also- what are your other favorites? i want to have one tomorrow morning but i dont want a chocolate flavor… have you had corn or cranberry?

The Appleberry one I had this morning I’m going to review for tomorrow’s post but I’ll tell you it was really good. I like their not chocolate flavors almost more because they taste healthy in a healthy and delicious way.

i agree too about the chocolate but I wanted something non-chocolate for the morning. no lie I was jsut in the freezer going through my flavors and I chose the apple berry for the morning and they logged onto your site and saw that you suggested it… apple berry it is hahaha

or banana nut? hahah

oh also… i have you updated on my blogroll… but why is it that when you comment on my posts i cant click on your name? you need to fix this evan!! hahah


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